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Hymn Singing...During Committee Meeting? 

I've had the privilege of serving 
as a delegate on the committee 
tasked with considering 
General Synod Resolution #1 1 , 
"Restructuring Conference 
Boundaries." The title is a bit 
misleading, as the resolution's 
purpose is really to encourage 
Conferences to have vigorous 
conversation about how to 
revitalize Conferences to better 
fulfill their missions and 
ministries as part of Christ's 
body in the UCC. Avenues for 
revitalization include sharing resources among Conferences, "out of the box" thinking about 
partnerships with other Conferences and their covenant partners (and even other denominations), 
and potentially reconfiguring Conference boundaries, all drawing on the resources and facilitative 
ability of the National Setting. Per the Constitution of the UCC, any reconfiguration of Conference 
boundaries would have to begin at the Conference level and later be approved by a future 
General Synod. 




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I'm proud to say that the Southeast Conference is ahead of the curve on these conversations-on 
dreaming and visioning how we might more creatively and effectively steward our resources to 
better serve our local churches in their mission to transform lives and communities. I was able to 
share with the committee that the SEC is in the process of calling a Conference Minister who will 
be Designated specifically to help us have that conversation and envision our future outside the 
box. I was also able to share that as part of the Southern Region, the SEC just received a 
$10,000 grant to develop a regional website that will serve as the landing page for each of our 
Conferences and act as an evangelism tool for anyone in the South who-like many!-are not 
familiar with the welcome & witness of the UCC but are interested in getting to know us. 

Our committee worked to ensure that our resolution conveyed the urgency of rethinking how we 
can best support the church's mission while grounding any changes in local churches. 
Associations, and Conferences. We also created a mechanism for resourcing from and 
accountability to and with the National setting. I was "volun-told" to help refine the language of 
the resolution and thoroughly enjoyed the adrenaline rush of rewriting a complex document in 
tandem with two other delegates in under 1 5 minutes! It was a pleasure to collaborate with a 
diverse group of people who worked passionately and in (relative) concert to bring forth this vital 
statement. We even shared in a rousing, harmonizing rendition of "I've Got Peace Like a River" 
while we waited for revised copies of the resolution to be printed. Not a common experience for 
committee work! 

Another highlight of my time here at Synod: attending the (legal!) wedding of former Southeast 
Conference members David Sigmund and Jay Greaves officiated by SEC pastor Susannah Davis 
and GLBTQ rights activist and UCC minister Mel White. Jay & Dave's nuptials were powerfully 
witnessed by several hundred Synod attendees as well as news media and family & friends. Rev. 
Susannah reminded us that it's "just love," while Rev. Mel encouraged Dave & Jay to look to 
Christ and each other to strengthen their love of, and witness to, their communities and 
especially to those who feel no love. 

And of course, morning runs on the California beach and evening fellowship with SEC members 
and friends top off this quirky, sometimes fractious but always joyous family reunion. Thank you 
for sending me as one of your delegates! 

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About Leah Lyman Waldron 

Leah Lyman Waldron is the co-pastor of Praxis UCC, a funky, progressive new church 
start in Atlanta, GA and she currently serves as a chaplain resident at Children's 



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Healthcare of Atlanta. She has been happily roped into helping to teach the SEC's online 
UCC History & Polity class; serving on the Conference search committee for a new Designated 
Conference Minister; serving as an SEC delegate to General Synod 29; and working ad interim on Search 
& Call for the Conference. She loves cooking vegan food and watching Dr Who with her husband & 
co-pastor Chris. 
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